Sunday, September 20, 2020

Tip#1214: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 20 – Waitress - Labor Day - Michael


This is Day 188 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing here in Toronto, Canada. 

Eating well for me falls under two categories: Nutrient Dense Foods and Comfort Foods. Since the pandemic and quarantine started in March 2020 I made it a goal to learn more about nutritious foods for my self and my mother. This led me to the amazing 1930’s research on diet by Dr. Weston Price and carried on by Sally Fallon Morell (see more tip#1196). Since then I’ve enjoyed adding pasture-raised eggs, cod-liver oil, raw sauerkraut, raw unpasteurized cheese and more into my daily diet.

At the same time comfort food was still very important to indulge in once in awhile. The timeless, wonderful smell of bacon and eggs, the mouthwatering taste of butter tarts or even a favourite fast food once in awhile did instant wonders in lifting up my spirits during some dark periods of isolation. Of course the key was finding a balance with these two food categories. 


Currently I am enjoying the deliciousness comfort food of pies! I would see brands of home-style pies on sale and that would prompt me into giving it a try. I’ve been enjoying some amazing apple pies and blueberry pies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side (a la mode). The joys of these pie comfort foods are highlighted in three films I watched recently that also had many inspirational life lessons. 

Waitress (2007) 

The romantic comedy, drama film, Waitress, is about waitress Jenna (Keri Russell) trapped in an abusive marriage, a dead-end job and facing an unwanted pregnancy but finds joy in baking her pies and in an affair with her doctor (Nathon Fillion). The wonderful supporting cast includes Andy Griffith, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto and writer/director Adrienne Shelly.
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This film is about passion: passion for love, sex and for the blissfulness of pies! Jenna shows that she can transform her stress and hurt by allowing her mental state to inspire original, delicious pie creations. She gives them fun names like "I Hate My Husband Pie", "Pregnant, Miserable, Self-Pitying Loser Pie" and “Naughty Pumpkin Pie”. She also demonstrates amazing resilience in her abusive marriage and finds the courage to rise above all her problems. And each of the characters deliver wonderful life lessons in between all the delicious scenes of homemade pies! 


Labor Day (2013) 

The romantic, thriller, drama film, Labor Day, is about depressed single mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her young son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) who offer a wounded, escaped convict Frank (Josh Brolin) a hideout in their homes and unexpectedly changes their lives deeply.
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This is a very unusual love story that features two epic foodie scenes that include the making of chilli and a peach pie. These delicious dishes are initiated by Frank who surprises Adele and Henry with his cooking and thoughtful deeds. This includes making numerous repairs to their home and giving each other the little things in life they were missing. It’s a beautiful story of how unexpected, frightening situations can lead to incredible happiness and how food can bring family together. 

 

Michael (1996) 

The fantasy, comedy film, Michael, is about how an angel living on Earth named Michael (John Travolta) who helps mend the wounded hearts of three reporters Frank (William Hurt), Dorothy (Andie MacDowell) and Huey (Robert Pastorelli).
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This entertaining movie celebrates the little joys of life through the eyes of Michael such as the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and the uplifting taste of homemade pies. In a wonderful, unlimited pie scene at a restaurant, everyone at the table shares why pie is a passion for them. Dorothy then shares her passion for pies by singing a song she wrote that touches Frank’s heart. 

Eating nutrient dense foods are excellent for your body and mind. While eating comfort foods feeds your spirit. They may not be nutritious but can bring back happy childhood memories and instantly transport you to a blissful state of mind with heartfelt aromas, tastes and the sight of delicious meals. Feed your soul today with one of these happy memories! And if fresh homemade pie is one of them then give yourself permission to indulge in a delicious slice a la mode!

Related Tips:
Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips

Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End

Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride

Part 6 – Splash

Part 7 – Julie & Julia

Part 8 – Paris Can Wait

Part 9 – The Client 

Part 10 – The Old Guard

Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie

Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

Part 14 – Back To School

Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther

Part 18 – Phenomenon
Part 19 – Mulan 2020 


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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Tip#1213: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 19 – Mulan 2020

This is Day 181 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing here in Toronto, Canada. 

I believe one of the hidden benefits of the past six months of quarantine was the chance for every person to use personal quiet time to reflect deeply on the life they are living. It was, and still is, a chance to see if we are living by our personal values and principles and be the best, true person we can be. 

For me it’s been a chance to put closure and healing after 10 years since the devastating collapse of my life, losing my home and illustration business. It was also the same year of getting caught in the G20 Queen and Spadina kettling incident here in Toronto. I was able to reflect on how far I’d come in rebuilding my life and learning to manage my mental health after the double diagnosis of clinical depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). My true, courageous, resilient self came shining through! 

I recently discovered that a close friend also shared a 10 year healing journey with breast cancer. She told me that this year she’s felt heartfelt closure on her illness with reconstructive surgery. This made her feel like a phoenix rising! This touched my heart and I too felt like a phoenix having been reborn from my old self. This immediately reminded me of the phoenix theme in the live action film, Mulan which I quickly recommended to my friend to watch! 

Mulan (2020) 

The action drama film, Mulan, is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name and is about a young Chinese maiden, Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei) disguising herself as a male warrior in order to save her ailing father, Tzi Ma (Hua Zhou) and battle northern invaders in China. This epic movie is filled with a fantastic supporting cast that includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, Rosalind Chao and Jet Li.
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This movie is more serious than the animated version and with no songs throughout (except during end credits). Yet the story is still very empowering for women and inspirational. There are exciting battle scenes as well as many heartfelt interactions with Mulan’s family and with her comrades in training. And throughout her journey is a magical phoenix guiding her from high above. 

Seeing Mulan finally unleash her true gifts, strengths and leadership reflects the core values and principals repeated throughout the film that include: Loyal, Brave and True. And in the end the importance of Family is also highlighted. 

There are times in our lives when we are forced into choosing to hide our true selves. And then there will be times when we know this part of our selves is needed to let go of the past and start living life to the fullest. This is when we are reborn again! Find films to help inspire you. Find the cinematic role models that will fuel your courage to unleash your inner phoenix! 

Related Tips:
Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips

Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End

Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride

Part 6 – Splash

Part 7 – Julie & Julia

Part 8 – Paris Can Wait

Part 9 – The Client 

Part 10 – The Old Guard

Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie

Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

Part 14 – Back To School

Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther
Part 18 – Phenomenon

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Sunday, September 06, 2020

Tip#1212: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 18 – Phenomenon


This is Day 174 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing here in Toronto, Canada. 

I had a good week with my mental health thanks to my continued daily practice of positive mindset programing with my reticular activating system (RAS) which I’ve written about before (see Tip#1210 and Tip#831). And some cool, exciting results have been manifesting in my life! 

 

Finding Serene Nature Trails

For example, one goal was to revitalize in nature but somewhere new and within Toronto. I defined this goal, wrote it down and looked at this goal every day several times a day. Soon I came across a Twitter post by BlogTO about the serene Taylor Creek Trails along with a photo that excited me. Within a week I enjoyed a 9K walk on this new trail with a friend on a beautiful, sunny day! I felt so rejuvenated and re-energized by the quiet green of the forest and soothing sounds breezing through the trees and of the trickling, clear creek streams. 


The Healthiest Canned Fish 

Another example was about wanting to find the healthiest canned fish. This time I googled “healthy canned fish” and came across many articles that I read which was, in itself, a another process that programs the RAS to find even more information. Top of the list was sardines (considered a superfood) so when I started looking at canned sardines in supermarkets like No Frills, Metro and Sobeys that continued to program my RAS. Engaging your RAS is just like using Google but for your brain! 

This led me to being attracted to sardine packaging I really liked by Club de Millionnaires and discovering a type of sardine I’d never heard about called Brisling. I researched it and learned it only lives in clean, icy waters like the Norwegian fjords and contain more nutrients than regular sardines. And they are so delicious I could just eat them out of the can! Read details of health benefits on my Instagram post: Brisling Sardines


All this was just exciting confirmation that the reticular activating system is real and further proof for myself that the power of our mind and brain is a marvel to experience. And when I see films that are classified as fantasy or science fiction I just know that this a perfect tool to feed our imagination for new possibilities in our own lives. Here’s an example of a wonderful film and cinematic role model from the mid 90’s! 

Phenomenon (1996) 

The fantasy, romantic film, Phenomenon, is about a small-town man named George Malley (John Travolta) who is inexplicably transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers. With a fantastic soundtrack of songs, this entertaining story features many memorable scenes and performances from the whole cast including Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, and Jeffrey DeMunn.
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I’ve always enjoyed this film when it was first released and over the decades it’s become a marker in my own life of how much I’ve achieved in learning to use the power of my brain. There are so many scenes I’ve loved like of George learning new languages at hyper speed and strategizing how to solve problems quickly and efficiently for his garden and for his friend’s love life. 

I also loved how he used his sensitivity to the energies of the earth to predict earthquakes and find a lost, sick boy through telepathic powers. And then there’s a brilliant scene of George experiencing overwhelming anxieties and used the soothing power of nature’s breezes through trees to calm himself down. This scene just mirrors what anyone can do to alleviate stress. The whole movie itself can be an inspirational reflection and reminder of our inner strengths and potential. 

Fantasy or science fiction films have the ability to inspire us to become more than what we are. They also have cinematic role models to reflect our inner ability to reprogram our beliefs and brains for manifesting solutions for seemingly impossible problems. Find a film today to start revitalizing your brain power and experience new marvels in your life right now! 

 

Related Tips: 

Tip#1202: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 8 – Paris Can Wait
Tip#1203: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 9 – The Client 
Tip#1204: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 10 – The Old Guard
Tip#1205: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 11 – The Farmer’s DaughterTip#1209: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Tip#1210: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 
Tip#1211: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther


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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Tip#1211: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther


This is Day 168 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing here in Toronto, Canada.

During this quarantine summer a very dear and close friend, Tammy Cunningham, has been fearlessly facing cancer. Her superhero level resilience has been so inspiring to me as well as to her many followers on social media. I was always amazed at how positive she sounded when we talked and she consistantly maintained the positive glow and optimism she’s always radiated! 

Her positivity is due to her unshakeable focus and creative visualization she’s been sharing on Instagram and Facebook. Her resilience process is exactly what I wrote about in the previous post, Tip#1210 which was about picturing the future you want. Here’s an example of what she posts… 

“This condition is an exercise in staying in the moment.
My mind is already on the prize.
  I’m dreaming of swimming and hiking…” 

Inspiring stories and people can also come from after someone loses their battle with cancer. I was in utter shock when actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020 after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. And yet, I realized he remained heroically focused and productive to complete these seven films over his final four years: 

• Marshall (2017)
• Black Panther (2018)
• Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018)
• Avengers: Endgame (2019)
• 21 Bridges (2019)
• Da 5 Bloods (2020)
• Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) 

As the news and social media overflowed with grief, love and tributes for Boseman’s unexpected passing, people were also discussing his immense output of work during his illness. And since this news adds to more inspiration for my own inner strengths I wanted to share two must-see films of Boseman’s characters that also demonstrated his shining strength of mind and heart. 


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 42 (2013) 

The biographical sports film, 42, is about the racial integration of the first American professional baseball player Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and Dodgers executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) who hired Robinson to help break the league's longstanding color barrier. This powerful film highlights many historical moments while showing how the passion for baseball can fuel a change in human history. Watch: movie trailer
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Boseman as the legendary Robinson expressed the intense pain of racist attacks by the media, baseball crowds as well as fellow ball players. He also demonstrates incredible strengths in standing tall to break new ground in becoming a role model for tolerance, inclusion and love. And he was able to do this with the loving help of his wife, Ricky and eventually his whole team.

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Black Panther (2018) 

The superhero, action film, Black Panther, is about newly crowned T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) of the African nation, Wakanda and challenged by Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) to ignite a global revolution. This exciting and visually stunning chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also stars a fantastic cast that includes Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
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This Oscar nominated film instantly became a pop culture and cultural phenomena with Black communities around the world celebrating a new world view of the movie. It was much more than a superhero story, it was about the loving support of family and community. And this film became a gift for inspiring a bright vision for young and old featuring empowering, cinematic role models. 

Off screen Boseman also reached out and supported many children dealing with cancer while keeping his own diagnosis a secret. He was a living legacy and I highly recommend you read more about his life and see his films that always featured positive Black role models. 

Be inspired by true stories of people courageously facing illnesses and hard times. And be inspired by films that feature cinematic role models to mirror your own inner strengths and resilience. They are there to give you hope and remind you that you are not alone. 

 

 
 
Related Tips: 
Tip#1202: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 8 – Paris Can Wait
Tip#1203: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 9 – The Client 
Tip#1204: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 10 – The Old Guard
Tip#1205: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 11 – The Farmer’s DaughterTip#1209: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Tip#1210: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

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A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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